USDA cites Pike County animal park for numerous violations

Published: May. 18, 2016 at 11:57 AM CDT|Updated: May. 18, 2016 at 12:44 PM CDT
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PIKE CO., AL (WSFA) - A small animal park in Pike County has been cited for serious violations including endangering animals and the public, according to the PETA Foundation.

According to an inspection report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture McClelland's Critters, a roadside zoo in Banks, Ala, has been cited for numerous violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

The violations include numerous enclosures at the facility with dangerous sharps pieces of protruding metal or coated in algae and grime. Also, animals were drinking water with a "thick green frothy consistency."

The report also says 60 school children were able to interact freely with animals with no employee supervision.

"McClelland's Critters apparently either can't or won't provide animals with basic necessities such as clean drinking water, nor does the facility take safety precautions to protect both animals and visitors," says PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. "PETA is calling for these animals to be retired to reputable sanctuaries where they can receive the attention and care that they deserve."

The inspection was performed after PETA filed a complaint in February against the facility.

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